Mac Raw Recovery: How to Recover Data from Raw Hard Drive/ Partition

Daisy updated on Aug 30, 2019 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles


When a hard drive becomes raw, you cannot access pictures, videos, office files and music from macOS. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is the best software for Mac Raw recovery. This easy-to-use software only takes three steps to restore lost Raw data. Read on to learn the detailed steps.

A hard drive that displays files as RAW means the computer cannot properly read it as they drive may have become corrupted. 

Symptoms of Raw Drive/Partition on Mac

Generally, when the hard drive is shown as Raw, possible symptoms are:

  • The file system is displayed as "RAW".
  • File names contain "weird" characters.
  • When you access files, it will warn "Sector not found".
  • You will be reminded of "Disk is not formatted. Do you want to format now?".

Usually, the only way to fix this is to erase and format the drive completely. But you can first try to recover some of the data using data recovery software. If the data on the hard drive is important or irreplaceable, turn to a professional data recovery tool right away.

The Solution for Raw Data Recovery

Before you do anything to the drive, if the data on the hard drive is important or irreplaceable, it's best to stop using it immediately and find professional data recovery software.

A wide range of supported file systems and availability of different scanning modes make EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac the best Mac data recovery software. With it, you can recover data from Mac hard drive, emptied Trash, external drive, or memory card. The software is easy-to-use and safe. You can completely trust it as it has so many users around the world. With simple 3 steps, you can restore all lost files from hard drive on Mac 10.14, 10.13, 10.12 or below. Read on to recover Raw data on Mac.

PS: Also read recover Raw hard drive in Windows 10/8/7 if you are using Windows.

Step 1. Select the disk location (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) where you lost data and files. Click the Scan button.

select the location where data lost and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results on the left pane.

scan the selected disk to find lost data on your Mac

Step 3. In the scan results, select the file(s) and click Recover Now button to have them back.

click recover now button to recover lost data on your Mac


If you want to recover RAW data from digital camera, SD card or hard drive on Mac or Windows, EaseUS is a good choice. It is a professional and easy RAW image recovery tool. Besides, the software is also qualified to recover lost data from corrupted, formatted or deleted disk partition in macOS Mojave. You can click to read guide for Mac partition recovery if you like.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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